February 25, 2020         
TherapeuticsMD Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial Results   •   Escape to an Animal Crossing: New Horizons Island Getaway at PAX East   •   Women Mentoring Women is Taking Center Stage Today Nationwide & Impact Consulting is Part of this Significant Engagement   •   Café Bustelo® Will Award $100,000 in College Scholarships   •   Sojournix Announces Initiation of Phase 2 Clinical Trial of SJX-653, a Novel Selective NK3 Antagonist for Menopausal Hot Flashes   •   Pan-American Life Insurance Group Reports Record Gains in 2019   •   $100,000 for more mental health services for youth in the Québec City region   •   The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association Launches Colorado Automotive Hall of Fame   •   PrideStaff Edison Owner/Strategic-Partner Named to NJBIZ 2020 Best 50 Women in Business   •   World's Only All-Female Snowboarding Competition - Nissan Super Girl Snow Pro - Wraps Two Packed Days of Big Air & Snowboard   •   MoneySKILL®, Personal Finance Course Demonstrates Effectiveness   •   $100,000 for more mental health services for youth in the Québec City region   •   P&G Launches New Line of Antibacterial Cleaning Products, Microban 24   •   PagerDuty Receives Parity.org Gateway Award for Achieving Gender Parity in Leadership Team   •   Pre-Order Starts Today with Serious Deals for EVERYONE on the Latest Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Smartphones at T-Mobile   •   MAJORITY Opens First MAJORITY Meetup Location in Houston   •   Mountain America Credit Union Donates $13,000 to St. Luke's Children's   •   Allison Dukes to join Invesco as Deputy Chief Financial Officer; Loren Starr to become Vice Chair on Aug. 1 and retire in March   •   Tracking Where Catholics Stand Ahead of 2020 Election   •   SCLC Hosts Democratic Presidential Candidate And Policy Forum On February 26 And 27 In Columbia, South Carolina
Bookmark and Share

The New Racism: Scaring Whites About Blacks

 

 

NEW YORK - It's hard to believe that almost two years ago pundits were heralding Barack Obama's election as the start of America's post-racial era.

So far, that's not happening.

Besides sparking overt racism at Tea Party rallies, the election of the nation's first black president also seems to have spawned a stealthy, new form of racism – the kind that counts on people to be so predisposed to stereotypes about anyone who isn't like them until the truth no longer matters.

The latest, most glaring example of this new racism can be found in Forbes.

The business magazine recently allowed Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative ideologue, to pen a smear piece on Obama that is so loaded with lies and half-truths that it virtually invites readers to fill in the blanks with whatever fears they may have about him.

Perhaps the most glaring lie in the piece, titled "How Obama Thinks," is that the president was heavily influenced by his Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr.

D'Souza seizes on the opportunity to "otherize" the president by attempting to smear him with his father's shortcomings: that the senior Obama was a regular drunk driver who was involved in accidents and that he was an anti-colonialist.

But the one failing of Obama's father that D'Souza doesn't elaborate on is this one: He abandoned Obama's mother when he was two. The president only saw his father one more time – when he was 10.

Any reasonable person would guess that it's highly unlikely that a 10-year-old would leave one meeting with a father he hadn't seen for eight years as a rabid anti-colonialist, much less an alcoholic.

And anyone who has read Obama's book, Dreams from My Father, would know that it's heavier on criticism about the elder Obama than adulation. Then there's the accusation about Obama's father being an anti-colonialist. To that I say: so what?

Anyone who has read King Leopold's Ghost knows that colonialism left much of Africa plundered and powerless – and anyone who knows anything about colonialism at all knows that it typically works out better for the colonizers than those who have to accommodate them.

Ask any Native American about that.

There are other problems in the article, problems too numerous to name here. D'Souza's piece has been rightly ripped by The Washington Post and theColumbia Journalism Review.

That seems to be the way of things these days. And it speaks volumes as to how far we haven't come when it comes to race.

When an otherwise respected publication such as Forbes allows an otherwise respected author like D'Souza to pile so many innuendoes and half-truths into a cover story, it says either one or two things. It says that this magazine believes a black president doesn't merit the same respect as others when it comes to presenting the truth, or that the public is more inclined to succumb to fears and stereotypes about Obama – so much so that when it comes to him, they don't have to let the truth get in the way of telling a story.

It's the kind of stuff that continues to fuel ridiculousness about Obama; ridiculousness about him being a Muslim – as if being a Muslim is like being a felon – and that he was born outside of the United States.

Right-wingers like former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who has staked his political revival on Obama's political demise, praised the Forbes article.

It's the new racism.

It's not the kind that is expressed through signs and epithets. That's old racism. It's the kind committed by stirring up white people's deepest fears, fears like Obama being the son of a hostile, drunken African who hated capitalism, to marginalize him.

Until that stops, America won't ever move into a post-racial era, but will remain perilously stuck in a place in which no black person is owed any honesty or respect.

Not even if that black person happens to be the president.

 


STORY TAGS: BLACK , AFRICAN AMERICAN , MINORITY , CIVIL RIGHTS , DISCRIMINATION , RACISM , NAACP , URBAN LEAGUE , RACIAL EQUALITY , BIAS , EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News